Abstinence Education Program (AEP)
Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
Adolescents and/or adults within the age range of 12 through 29 years old. Identified based on the most recent data on the growing rates of births to unmarried parents among adolescents and adults.
Other adults such as parents or professionals that desire training in how to support decisions to delay sexual activity until marriage.
To support decisions to abstain from sexual activity until marriage by providing abstinence education as defined by Section 510(b)(2) of the Title V Social Security Act with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.
Illinois programs use one or more of the following strategies: in-school abstinence education; after-school abstinence programs with emphasis on mentoring, parental support and adult supervision; and parent workshops, to educate parents on issues of abstinence and teach parenting skills; and community outreach.
Program funds will be used to support local health departments, community-based organizations and schools to deliver abstinence centered, character focused education to adolescents and parents residing in identified high-need areas of the state.
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Participants obtained skills on how to set personal boundaries and guidelines that will assist them in abstaining from premarital sex and help them in achieving personal goals.